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Live Webinar April 10th, 2014, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Duration:1 hour Webcast Up to 1 Category C PDU – Free PDU
Hosted By:  StickyMinds/Techwell

In response to the shifts in technology as seen in mobile and big data—along with the shifts in methodologies like agile—the pace of application development has changed, causing the need for total traceability in your requirements to become even more evident for success.

Join HP for this webcast, where they will discuss how end-to-end traceability in your requirements will help you link together a single repository for your requirements along with other key development assets like source code, test, and defects.

In this interactive webinar you will learn how to:

  1. Encourage widespread adoption through ease of use
  2. Provide a single point of truth for both visual and textual requirements
  3. Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure the right requirements are captured
  4. Enforce a standardization of consistency and quality across your teams

Click to register for The Importance of End-to-End Requirements Management

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Live Webinar March 26th, 2014 11:00 am – 12:00 pm  EDT
Duration 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU or 1 CDU Cat A – Free PDU
Event Code: 180267 A Microsoft Event By QuantumPM
(REP #1264 )

The work breakdown structure provides a mechanism for keeping the project in scope by specifying the outcomes of the project — the deliverables — not the schedule or individual tasks. Learn how real project managers have used these proven techniques to keep their teams focused on the goals of their projects instead of getting lost in the details. Use Microsoft Project and WBS Director to make it happen.

Recommended Audience: IT Managers, IT Professionals, Project Managers, IT Directors, Solution Architects, Product Managers, Software Developers, Developers, Architects

Please Note: In order to attend the webinar series attendees will need to have a Windows Live ID. A link to set up this ID is located on the registration site. Please do this prior to the session

Click to register for Building a WBS: Focus on Deliverables To Keep Your Project Scope On Track

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Live Webinar March 4th 2014, 12:00-1:00 PM EST
Offered by ASPE (REP 2161) 1 Category A PDU – Free PDU

Note: Although ASPE is an REP presentations may have to be recorded as a Cat C PDU Event – Contact Traci Lester Marketing Specialist at ASPE for more information

Speed ….  If you had to summarize in one word what you need to succeed in business in today’s current market and climate, it would be that word. Laggards are treated harshly, just ask anyone who works or worked at Research in Motion (RIM). Once the darling of mobile communications, RIM is now fighting for its very survival.

Software development has become the foundation on which new business services and products are built. Whether you are selling financial services, global logistics, energy, or cars, it is software that is adding either capability or value to your product that increases your competitive advantage and drives sales.

Scope ….   is the dirty word in software/systems development. Traditional project managers adhere to it rigorously. Agile evangelists really don’t consider it outside their two to four week iterations. Business Analysts worry more about effectiveness and use than it.

If the traditional PM is on one side and the Agile evangelist on the other the BA ends up smack in the middle when it comes to a mindset on scope.

The reality is unless business conditions adjust, there is no way SDLC professionals can put “change” in a box any longer. This doesn’t mean an organization has to become agile.

What it means is practitioners in the SDLC have to look at alternative methods to controlling “Scope Creep” in the face of rapid pace of change, especially on elongated projects.

In this presentation, David will discuss:

  • An executive sponsors prospective on scope in a project
  • What sponsors ultimately want and what they don’t care to hear
  • The evolving role of the BA and how Project Managers can make better use of the BA position with regard to scope definition and management

With this said, there is still the issue of “in-project” change. Instead of the dreaded change order, we will take a look at agile practice of task boarding to see if there are ways to document “changes” in a highly visible way to potentially get to in project (if time allows) or after prioritizing after the project is completed.

The ultimate goal of this presentation is to highly how PM’s can utilize BA professionals in the Scope process and how elements of agile methods can help deal with change in complex and elongated projects.

Presenter: David Mantica (LinkedIn profile) – David Mantica has product managed the initiation, development and delivery of more than 300 instructor-led and live, online training courses,  in software development life cycle, IT, telecommunications, finance, healthcare IT, and marketing industries.

Click to register for The Dynamics of Scope Manager and the Changing Responsibilities of Project Managers and Business Analysts

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Live Webinar Feb 27th 2014 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Webinar Duration: 1 Hour ea Credits: 1  Category B  – Free PDUs
Presented by: Modern Analyst

NOTE: We have listed this as a Category B but the provider has stated that this session is ** Eligible for PDUs, CDUs. ** This most likely will be a category A presentation presented by Diversified Business Communications (Rep #1811 – parent company).  More Information will be available will be available at the end of the session.

Organizations launch projects with the assumption that the new or improved solution will provide worthwhile benefits for stakeholders and a suitable return on investment.

Understanding your business requirements can ensure that your teams actually deliver those benefits. Furthermore, keeping user and functional requirements aligned with the business requirements is a key element of successful solution delivery.

Joy will also explore four different scope representation techniques you can apply at any phase of a project.

Topics covered include:

  1. Business objectives and success metrics
  2. Scope control using business objectives
  3. Vision statements
  4. Context Diagrams, Ecosystem Maps, Feature Trees, and Event Lists

In this webinar you’ll learn how to define clear business objectives and corresponding success metrics, how to craft a focused vision statement, and how to specify other elements of the business requirements.

** Eligible for PDUs, CDUs. **

Presenters: Joy Beatty (LinkedIn profile) has 15 years of experience in helping change the way customers create requirements with new requirements methodologies and training courses. She is a contributor to the core team for the new release of the IIBA BABOK® Guide.  She is a co-author of Visual Models for Software Requirements (Best Practices (Microsoft) and Software Requirements, 3rd Edition with Karl Wiegers

PDU Category B  (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Planning Executing

Knowledge Areas: 5 – Scope

  • 5.1 Plan Scope Management
  • 5.2 Define Scope
  • 5.5 Validate Scope
  • 5.6 Control Scope

As a Category C, ‘Self Directed Learning’, activity remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder.’

Click to register for Business Requirements Scoping Techniques

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Live Webinar Feb 13th, 2014 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU  Category C Free
Presented by : O’Reilly®Â  Webcasts

Organizations launch projects with the assumption that the new or improved solution will provide worthwhile benefits for stakeholders and a suitable return on investment. Understanding your business requirements can help ensure that your teams actually deliver those benefits.

In this webcast presentation you will learn:

  • how to define clear business objectives and corresponding success metrics
  • how to craft a focused vision statement
  • how to specify other elements of the business requirements.

Drawing from the book she co-authored with Karl Wiegers, Software Requirements, 3rd Edition, Joy will explore four different scope representation techniques you can apply at any stage of a project. Keeping user and functional requirements aligned with the business requirements is a key element of successful solution delivery.

Presenter: Joy Beatty, (LinkedIn profile) Vice President, Research & Development Seilevel,  Joy Beatty has 15 years of experience in helping change the way customers create requirements with new requirements methodologies and training courses. She is a contributor to the core team for the new release of the IIBA BABOK® Guide.  She is a co-author of the newly published book, Visual Models for Software Requirements (Best Practices (Microsoft) and on Software Requirements, 3rd Edition with Karl Wiegers

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Executing

Knowledge Areas: 5 – Scope

  • 5.1 Plan Scope Management
  • 5.3 Define Scope
  • 5.5 Validate Scope
  • 5.6 Control Scope

As a Category C, ‘Self Directed Learning’, activity remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder.’

Click to register for Business Requirement Techniques for Delivering Value While Controlling Scope

The Use Case Technique: An Overview

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Live Webinar Jan 29th, 2014 – 11:00 pm – 2:00 pm  EDT
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU  Category B – Free PDU
Presented by : Modern Analyst

NOTE: We have listed this as a Category B but the provider has stated that this session is ** Eligible for PDUs, CDUs. ** This most likely will be a category A presentation presented by Diversified Business Communications (Rep #1811 – parent company).  More Information will be available will be available at the end of the session.

Use cases are an effective and widely used technique for eliciting software requirements.

The use-case approach focuses on the goals that users have with a system, rather than emphasizing system functionality. This webinar presents an overview of the use-case approach to requirements elicitation in a practical and straightforward fashion.

Topics covered include:

  • Where use cases fit into the requirements development process
  • Types of projects for which use cases are and are not well suited
  • User classes and actors
  • Scenarios and use cases
  • Components of a use case
  • Use case diagrams
  • Deriving functional requirements from use cases

Presenter : Karl E. Wiegers (LinkedIn profile) Principal Consultant Process Impact  has provided training and consulting services worldwide on many aspects of software development, management and process improvement.

Karl is the author of many books including:

PDU Category B (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Executing

Knowledge Areas: 4- Integration 5 – Scope

  • 4.3 Direct and Manage Project Work
  • 5.2 Collect Requirements
  • 5.3 Define Scope
  • 5.5 Validate Scope
  • 5.6 Control Scope

As a Category C ‘Self Directed Learning Activity’ remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder’

Click to register for The Use Case Technique: An Overview